A New Gateway to Engineering: The Class of 1985 Reunion Project

June 17, 2015

Dear Class of ‘85 and ‘86:

I am excited to share with you recent news from McMaster Engineering.  During a reunion event on June 13, Duncan Hannay, (Mech Eng ’85) put out a challenge to his fellow classmates from 1985 and 1986 to help him build a class legacy gift for McMaster University.

We need your help. We hope we can enlist your support to make a bright and modern glass atrium entranceway to the John Hodgins Engineering (JHE).

Momentum is growing in support of the JHE Atrium project. The goal of this initiative is to double the size of the entrance to the building, which sits at the heart of McMaster’s proud engineering tradition. The vision is to enclose the space underneath the auditorium to create an attractive and comfortable community environment that fosters collaborative learning, networking, studying and relaxing.

The Class of 1985 is hoping to raise half of the estimated cost of the project, with Dr. Ishwar Puri, Dean of Engineering, promising to match alumni donations with funds from the Faculty of Engineering.

Among the ideas being considered for recognition of alumni donors is an interactive digital atrium display that could allow contributors to share their Mac memories and subsequent career stories, with the hope of inspiring and motivating today’s engineering students.

“I’m excited to join my McMaster Engineering ’85 classmates and ‘pay it forward’ in a very tangible way,” says Duncan Hannay (Mech 1985). “I look forward to christening this new project with my classmates and celebrating all that McMaster has given us.”

We hope you will be part of the New Gateway to Engineering project.

Best regards,

Terry Milson, Class of ‘79
Engineering Advancement Officer

For more information on the project or how you can contribute please contact milsont@mcmaster.ca or online at www.MacEng85.ca


Proposed JHE entrance

Proposed JHE entrance

Proposed JHE lobby expansion

Proposed JHE patio